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Eat me Drink me Cottage

Lymington, Hampshire

  • 8 + 3 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

This retro and vintage holiday cottage in East End near Lymington is great fun.  Families who love all things theatrical, dressing up, vintage, pattern, and treasure troves on shelves will feel very at home.

It is higgledy-piggledy. Not one wall is straight. Not one bit is minimalist. The house is 350 years old and looks like it. It is hugely eccentric and therefore not for everyone. In places it’s vintage-ness lends to shabby-and-chic. But if you love mixing and matching, want to play a wonderful Beckstein piano and love red roses and honeysuckle running away over the thatch – this is your place.

The beach is a short bike-ride and walk 1 km away. Here you’ll find shingle, some sand, muddy banks for birds, streams and tyre swings.

Eat me Drink me is a family house. It’s lived in by the owners and their four busy kids for much of the year and so it’s definitely the lived-in-look. We take over the house before rental periods and do ‘a full service’ but there will be some scratches and bumps that we wont’ be able to iron out; scratches in the bath, rust on the odd tap, weedier than we’d like garden etc – but it is charming and if you like vintage or adventure – you’d be mad to miss it.

The cottage is part of the Pylewell Estate, which, according to The Guardian, is one of Britain’s Top 10 summer festivals – Curious Arts Festival – set apart from other festivals from it’s happy embrace of British eccentricity, style and fun.

Owners Peter (concert pianist) and Victoria (owner of Elfie London) use this house through the year. Their enthusiasm for colour, quirky vintage, theatre and music fills the house. The dressing up box here is comprehensive (wizards, lizards, princesses, pigs, pirates etc) and so is the kit to host (un-matched) plates for kitchen suppers.

Downstairs; a cadmium yellow kitchen with long table. Plenty of cupboards and kit for cooking, messy baking sessions and birthday parties.
Shower room (a bit rough around the edges) off on one side. A sitting room that wears bold wallpaper, oil paintings and a wall of books.. Then a red play room/kids sitting room with TV and knee-deep in kids kit. There are two further bedrooms downstairs that are newly painted and a shower room.

Upstairs; The main bedroom has a mahogany sleigh double bed. Along the corridor, a white and quirky bathroom, and just past that, a kids bedroom with twin beds and a small wooden bed for smalls (prob 5’s and under).


This place is kids heaven. The garden is fenced (this is not toddler-proof – the part they could escape through goes into a large meadow) and there is an olympic sized trampoline with a net. Adventurous kids can camp in the garden too. More stuff for kids; Masses of dolls prams, kitchen toys, castles and knights, Lego, swords, Barbies and a comprehensive library of loved and lived-in kids books.

We provide 2 cots and 1 high chair.

Best for…

This house best suits guests who bring their pet goose (yes really), who have lots of dogs, whose kids need to go wild…

For those of your interested Eat Me Drink Me Cottage has its owns Instagram page, right here 

Best for equines! We love bringing our ponies here. You can stable or graze your horses at the bottom of the track (30 seconds walk).

What are the quirks here?

The trampoline net zip is broken and not likely to be replaced soon. We can lock kids out if you’d rather they didn’t bounce with the zip broken. Let us know and we’ll sort it for you.

The lane to the beach is quiet and our kids (6-9) cycle on it, but do keep a watch on them. The beach can be muddy. It’s sandier to the right.


Downstairs the house has no steps up or down. The stairs are slightly steeper than in modern houses and wooden. Upstairs floors are uneven in places.

There is a step up to one of the downstairs bedrooms.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

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What makes this special...

Pack a picnic and go to Tanners Lane Beach for the day – a 1km flat-ish walk down a quiet lane. Set up for the day and explore, Swallows and Amazons style along the foreshore.Here you’ll find shingle, some sand, muddy banks for birds, streams and tyre swings. The locals swim from here in summer, when tides are gentle.



all theEssential details...


  • Bedroom 1 : Double sleigh bed
  • Bedroom 2 : Double bed (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 3 : Twin with small infants bed (under 5)
  • Bedroom 4 : Bunkbeds (downstairs) and extra day bed.
  • Floorplan : Click to view


  • One : Shower room (downstairs)
  • Two : Family bathroom
  • Three : Family bathroom with shower just off it.

All the rest...

  • Garden : Enclosed both to the front and to the rear of the property, the garden is rambling and fairly wild.
  • Kitchen : Electric oven + hob / Fridge freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : 15″ TV with Freeview TV (not the clearest quality TV), Roberts radio in the kitchen.
  • Keeping Connected : Free WiFi and mobile signal is patchy inside but good outside.
  • Parking : One car right outside and another by the front gate
  • Pets : Pets are welcome (Stabling available a 5 minute walk away)
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrivals from 3.30pm and departures at 10am

What we love

It’s a 5 min walk to the (excellent) East End Arms pub. There are usually donkeys, ponies and cattle on the lane or by the pub too.

Lymington has fantastic Saturday foodie markets for picnics.

The Curious Arts Festival is on the Pylewell Estate, each summer. Whilst the house is not rented to guests during this time (our others places will be) we STRONGLY suggest that you let your eccentric side loose and join in. Visit their site here. 


Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • Hurst Castle
    Hurst Castle

    Jump on the ferry or take a brisk stroll on the 1.5 mile long shingle spit to the famous Hurst Castle where a £1 million renovation is currently taking place to keep it ship shape.

    This place is just the best for hide and seek. The view from the top is superb to the Isle of Wight. Anyone who likes history will love it here. Charles I was imprisoned here. The cafe is excellent. Read our blog for more info on Jason Crane, 3rd generation born here at Hurst. There is a small entry fee. Boat trips are about a fiver for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website at www.hurstcastle.co.uk

  • Lymington Sea Water Baths
    Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Open over the summer months, this place is an eccentric joy. The water is cold, so hire a wetsuit or brave it. You can swim or go mad on the 110 metres floating obstacle course (bit like Top Gear on water) – perfect for teens. There is also a smaller splash pool and sand pit for little kids. Good changing room options and fabulous ice cream too. Charges are very reasonable.

    Remember, New Forest Escapees receive one free coffee for each group from the kiosk too!

    For opening time and entry charges visit www.lymingtonseawaterbaths.org.uk

  • Moors Valley Country Park
    Moors Valley Country Park

    One of the best play grounds in the south. We’ve tested it multiple times! The play trail is extensive and you walk between huge play structures that mimic the forest creatures. There are masses of cycle trails, a GO APE activity centre, nature walks, Gruffalo-themed mini walks for toddlers, a massive separate play ground, a giant sand-pit area (really giant), a miniature train ride, hiking and fitness trails, SEGWAY routes…. the list of stuff to do is endless. The cafe and nature-centre is also well worth a visit.

    Best of all – it’s free but you pay for the parking, which isn’t overly expensive.

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Eat me Drink me Cottage

Lymington, Hampshire

New Forest Escapes, Brinkley, Middle Road, Lymington, SO41 6FX.

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